Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Knitter's Handbook

I try my hand at many crafts, but I haven't knitted since I was a kid. A couple of years ago I tried with my Mom's help, but failed instantly. I can crochet so, why can't I knit?

When I got my hands on The Knitter's Handbook by Eleanor van Zandt, I couldn't wait to delve in and finally learn this craft.
The book covers everything from the basics for a new knitter (like me!) to special techniques for the more experienced.
I started with the basics and found it very easy to follow - the casting on illustrations are clear and simple.
Before long I was knitting my first few rows. It took a while to get to grips with it. They weren't perfect, but isn't that what practice makes?
Textures are clearly photographed and explained. Techniques likewise. I aspire to do these one day!
This book reminds me of the pocket Crochet Answers Book - everything is explained clearly. I love my crochet book and refer to it often. I can see this book getting the same attention.

The Knitter's Handbook also shows you how to do those finishing touches, like crochet edging, pompom making and embroidery on knitting.
In conclusion, this book is ideal for all levels of knitters and is the perfect book to keep-to-hand in your knitting bag. I know my copy will be.


Monday, 5 October 2015

Harlequin Hoodie

Here's my latest crochet make, The Harlequin Hoodie...
I found the free pattern by Marken of The Hat & I on Ravelry.
It's a great project to pick up here and there, when time allows.
I used Stylecraft DK yarn in bright colours and a 6mm hook.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Afternoon Cowl

This week we've all been suffering with colds. So on Thursday afternoon, whilst snuggled up with my boy, I crocheted this cowl...
I used the same stitch pattern as with my Buggy Blanket
Here's how I made it...
Chunky Wool (I used less than 2 balls)
8mm hook
Ch 75
SC (UK DC) into second chain from hook
*DC (UK TR) into next chain, SC (UK DC) into next chain*
Repeat * to the end of row.
Turn and Ch1
Continue doing the same for each row until you have the cowl width you desire.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attached a toggle or large button so it can be fastened together.
Easily worn in many ways
I'd love to know if you go on to make this cowl yourself.

Pattern © Leasowes View 2015

Sunday, 13 September 2015


Here's my very first crochet rug...
My good friend Cayte at Pisky Cove Porthleven encouraged me to have a go at making one - she makes and sells them in her shop.

So I purchased a few rolls of Boodles fabric yarn and set about making my rug.
I started off by chaining 4 and joining to make a loop.

I chained 2 then did 10DC (UK TR) into the loop, finally slip stitching into the first DC (UK TR) (ignoring the Ch2 each round - I found this made the seam less obvious).

I continued working in rounds increasing by 10 each round, using various hooks depending on the type of fabric yarn used.

Again due to the different types of fabric yarn, I found that sometimes my work would curl up (if I didn't increase enough) and other times it would wave (if I increased too much). So I would undo that particular round and adjust. 
I didn't bother weaving in the ends of my yarn - Cayte said it's supposed to be organic and handmade!
As my rug grew bigger, I did certain rows in SC (UK DC) as I was running out of some colours!
I finished the rug with an invisible fasten off ... there's a great tutorial here
I love my first crochet rug.

I love how I have finally learnt to not need a pattern.

I love how I have learnt that there's no such thing as the Crochet Police!

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Friday, 11 September 2015


After over three years as QUINTONWENCH, I'm renaming my site.

I have moved on and grown so much since starting out and like many other bloggers, I've decided my work needs a new name.

So introducing...

Well our home overlooks The Leasowes here in the West Midlands of the UK. Whenever I'm blogging or creating I am always looking out to the meadow and woodlands. So Leasowes View describes perfectly where I'm at right now.

I hope you'll continue with me on this journey and I look forward to welcoming you to my new site.

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